The Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service Field Office in Phoenix, Ariz. released Nov. 14, 2011.
Cotton harvest is 55 percent complete; slightly ahead of last year but below the five-year average of 61 percent.
Alfalfa condition remains mostly fair to good. Harvest is active on just under half of the acreage across the state. Sheep are grazing in some alfalfa fields.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Growers shipped arugula, cantaloupes, honeydews, and various lettuces including Boston, iceberg, green leaf, red leaf, and romaine. Spinach and lemons were also shipped.
Temperatures were below normal for the week ending Nov. 13, ranging from 8 degrees below normal at Kingman and Parker to 2 degrees below normal at Douglas.
The highest temperature of the week was 80 degrees at Yuma. The lowest reading was 3 degrees at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was recorded in all 22 weather stations for the second week in a row. The least precipitation was recorded in St. Johns with 0.01 inches. The most precipitation was recorded in Roll with 0.85 inches.
Roll is the only weather station with above normal precipitation for the year. Eight of the weather stations have received precipitation to date above 80 percent of normal.